Articles by Laura Ness

About Laura Ness
Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

J. Lohr keeps raising the bar

Jerry Lohr recently celebrated 45 years as the head of a 100 percent family-owned wine business that eschews outside investors. His children are all involved, also a rarity. Daughter Cynthia [...]

White after Labor Day?

It’s easy to fall in love with the sleek, eye-catching Alara Cellars labels that flaunt high fashion better than most ads in Esquire magazine. Besides which, Janu Goelz’s wines are [...]

Stefania marks five years

Stefania Romero and her husband, Paul, have been at their Day Road location for five years now. Their tasting room is pure Americana barn, furnished with reclaimed local barnwood and [...]

Time on Day Road

The weather was just shy of extra toasty Cheez-Its, and the hills shimmered in the relentless bleached blue of the sky. But there was a breeze, and the grass shimmied [...]

A love story, with wine

Sofia Fedotova never imagined she’d one day own a winery in California. Growing up in the Ural region of Russia, she worked for a consulting firm specializing in seminars for [...]

Wineries come and go

Change is ever afoot here in wine country. TASS has departed the shared tasting room called Blended, and Medeiros Family will do the same on Oct. 6, leaving La Vie [...]

Fall Passport in the valley

It’s that time again: Passport month in the Santa Clara Valley kicks off on Friday, Sept. 6, at the Coyote Creek Golf Club, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  The $100 VIP ticket includes [...]

Market set to return Aug. 10

The first Makers Market held at The Stomping Ground in July featured more than a dozen local craftspeople whose wares are featured in Makers Market shops at Santana Row, Napa [...]
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